An asthma attack can be a distressing moment whether you are the one struggling with it or if you are with someone who is having one. If you are a parent, you know the distress only a parent can feel watching your child struggling to breathe. Just like any other medical emergency, you can do a few things that can help make the situation more manageable.
One thing about asthma attacks is that although unpredictable, they are more manageable when you are ready for them. If you suffer from attacks, it pays to have your inhaler and other medication close at hand at all times. Carry them on your person or in your bag. If your child suffers from asthma, have him or her understand the importance of the medicine and to have it nearby at all times.
Dealing with an asthma attack is the same for both children and adults. It is good to be aware of what to do as it helps you keep calm during the emergency. When you suffer an attack or your child has one here is what you need to do:
Do not panic
Panicking will just make the situation worse. If you feel an attack coming, just try to breath as normal as you can as you reach for your inhaler. You will know an attack is happening if you have been using your inhaler for over four hours without the getting relief of your breathing problem. If the symptoms are gradually getting worse, you are unable to eat, sleep or even breath normally, then you should get ready for the attack. Be on the look out for the same symptoms in children especially if they use of the normal use of inhaler does not bring relief.
Use your medicine
The inhaler is useful for relieving the chest tightness, coughing or wheezing of the bronchial asthma. You should therefore use it as you should as it may help to save your life. Sit upright and take one puff of your inhaler. You should take a puff after every 30-60 seconds with the maximum number of times being 10 puffs. The procedure to use the inhaler is the same for children. Help the child to sit upright and to use the inhaler up to 10 puffs.
Call in the emergency services if the attack does not subside
If after taking the 10 puffs of your inhaler over time you do not get any relief and you are feeling worse, then you should call an ambulance. You can also call in an ambulance if you feel worried about the attack and you cannot handle it on your own. Also call in the professionals if you feel worse as you use your inhaler. Sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry and the emergency services will help you deal with the situation better. Call in an ambulance if you cannot handle the asthma attack that your child has. Call in the ambulance or take your child to the emergency room if he or she complains of a tummy ache.